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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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It was a topsy-turvy weekend for the Americans Abroad contingent as some players enjoyed individual or team success while others had games they would like to forget.

Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley added to their Scottish League Cup championship as Rangers secured its second consecutive Scottish League title with a 1-0 win over Hibernian. Edu started and played 90 minutes in the victory while DaMarcus Beasley did not dress.

This weekend wasn't so kind to Jozy Altidore. The American international started for Hull City in its vital match against Sunderland, but he was red carded just before halftime for head-butting an opponent. To make matters worse, Hull City is all but doomed for relegation after the 1-0 defeat as the club needs to win both its remaining games and make up a goal differential of 23.

Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Everton's 2-1 win vs. Fulham on Sunday.

  • Jozy Altidore started, played 45 minutes and received a red card for a head butt in Hull City 's 1-0 loss vs. Sunderland on Saturday.

  • Clint Dempsey started and played 90 minutes in Fulham's 2-1 loss vs. Everton on Sunday.

  • Jonathan Spector started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and scored an own goal in West Ham United's 3-2 win vs. Wigan on Saturday.

  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made seven saves in Aston Villa's 1-0 win vs. Birmingham on Sunday.

  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 1-0 win vs. Birmingham on Sunday.

  • Marcus Hahnemann started, played 90 minutes and made six saves in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 1-1 draw vs. Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

  • Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 2-2 draw vs. Portsmouth on Saturday. He is recovering from a leg injury.


  • Jay DeMerit did not dress in Watford's 3-0 win vs. Reading on Saturday. He is recovering from a stomache injury.

  • Frank Simek did not dress in Sheffield Wednesday's 3-2 loss vs. Cardiff City on Saturday.
  • Kenny Cooper did not dress in Plymouth Argyle's 3-0 loss vs. Nottingham Forest on Saturday.


  • Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Leyton Orient's 2-1 loss vs. Millwall on Saturday.

  • Jemal Johnson started and played 69 minutes in Stockport County's 6-0 loss vs. Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

  • Jon-Paul Pittman started and played 55 minutes in Wycombe Wanderers' 2-2 draw vs. Swindon Town on Saturday.

  • Mike Grella dressed but did not play in Leeds United's 4-1 win vs. Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday.

  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Norwich City's 2-0 win vs. Gillingham on Saturday.


  • Maurice Edu started and played 90 minutes in Rangers' 1-0 win vs. Hibernian on Sunday. Rangers clinched the Scottish league title with the win.
  • DaMarcus Beasley did not dress in Rangers' 1-0 win vs. Hibernian on Sunday. Rangers clinched the Scottish League title with the win.
  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 2-0 win vs. Dundee United on Sunday.


  • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in AC Milan's 3-1 loss vs. Palermo on Saturday.



  • Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 1-1 draw vs. Bayern Munich on Saturday.

  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 85 minutes in Hannover 96's 3-0 loss vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

  • Sal Zizzo did not dress in Hannover 96's 3-0 loss vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04's 1-0 win vs. Hertha Berlin on Saturday. He is recovering from a leg injury.
  • Ricardo Clark started and played 90 minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt's 3-3 draw vs. Mainz 05 on Saturday.
  • Daniel Williams did not dress in SC Freiburg's 1-0 win vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.

  • Jared Jeffrey did not dress in Mainz 05's 3-3 draw vs. Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.


  • Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Kaiserslautern's 1-0 loss vs. Hansa Rostock on Friday.
  • Matt Taylor did not dress in FSV Frankfurt's 1-1 draw vs. FC Augsburg on Sunday.
  • David Yeldell did not dress in TUS Koblenz's 6-1 loss vs. St Pauli on Friday. He is recovering from an ankle injury.


  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in Stade Rennes' 1-1 draw vs. Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday.

  • Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux's 3-0 loss vs. Boulogne on Saturday.


  • Gale Agbossoumonde did not dress in Sporting Braga's 4-0 win vs. Naval 1 Maio on Sunday.


  • Freddy Adu came off the bench and played 7 minutes in Aris Salonika's 1-0 loss vs. Panathinaikos in the Greek Cup final on Saturday.

  • Eddie Johnson dressed but did not play in Aris Salonika's 1-0 loss vs. Panathinaikos in the Greek Cup final on Saturday.


  • Benny Feilhaber started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in AGF Aarhus' 3-0 loss vs. Koge on Sunday.
  • Michael Parkhurst started and played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland's 3-1 win vs. Sonderjyske on Sunday.
  • Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 2-0 loss vs. FC Copenhagen on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Chris Rolfe started and played 45 minutes in Aalborg BK's 2-0 loss vs. FC Copenhagen on Sunday.


  • Alejandro Bedoya started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and took part in the buildup of a goal in Orebro BK's 3-0 win vs. Halmstad on Sunday.


  • Clarence Goodson started and played 90 minutes in IK Start's 2-0 win vs. Honefoss on Sunday.
  • Hunter Freeman started and played 90 minutes in IK Start's 2-0 win vs. Honefoss on Sunday.
  • Mikkel Diskerud started and played 90 minutes in Stabaek's 2-0 loss vs. Viking on Saturday.


  • Jose Francisco Torres came off the bench and played 35 minutes in Pachuca's 2-1 win vs. Tigres UANL on Saturday.

  • Edgar Castillo did not dress in Tigres UANL's 2-1 loss  vs. Pachuca on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Marco Vidal started and played 90 minutes in Indios de Ciudad Juarez's 2-0 win vs. Pumas UNAM on Sunday.
  • Herculez Gomez did not dress in Puebla's 2-1 loss vs. Toluca on Sunday. He was suspended for receiving two yellow cards last week.


  • Michael Hoyos did not dress in Estudiantes La Plata's 1-0 win vs. River Plate on Saturday.


What do you think of these performances? Where would you rate Beasley and Edu in terms of success this season? Disappointed/concerned by Altidore's head butt?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. the current team the us has is one of the best weve ever had. they beat the number one ranked team in the world for starters. their actually favored to get out of their group in the world cup also which is pretty rare for the usa. as far as the debate to whether this is the best team we ever had? i dont know but i can tell you a few things. 1. howard is arguable the best goalie we ever had (friedal id say is still better) 2. landon donovan and clint dempsey are the best outside midis weve ever had. 3. the denfense is the best weve ever had with onyewu boca spector/dolo demerit. 4. though o brein and renya are probably better then bradley/edu you cant deny having two veery talented guys who both start in decent(in edus case very good) european clubs isnt an accomplishment in itself. 5. though the foward line doesnt have mcbride doesnt mean its bad. altidore has proven he can hold his own and davies is arguable the most electric fwd weve had since donovan in 02 and even if davies doesnt start we can turn to gomez or ching who can do their job as his replacment

  2. I totally agree that relevant experience in competitive clubs is a good measure of talent going into the cup. i would just note that Spector and Dolo are on the wrong end of some awful scores of late, and have contributed to some gaffs as well. In that regard, sometimes you can throw someone who is less talented, but used to winning in a lower division, into these tournaments and they can acquit themselves quite well. We need winners, not experienced losers. Bob should consider the best MLS has to offer on Defense.

  3. Drogba and Kalou are from the same country but you can’t lump Essien in with them, he is from Ghana.

    Not to mention, how did Ivory Coast fair in the African cup of Nations? Who else plays for Ivory Coast that is near the caliber of these two players. We don’t have a Drogba, but we have players of Kalou’s talent level.


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